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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Linda Sue Park  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1960 in Urbana, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Park was born in Urbana and grew up outside Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Linda Sue Park has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. She went to Stanford University and graduated with a degree in English. After graduation, she took a job as a public-relations writer for a major oil company. In 1983, after two years with the oil company, Linda Sue left her job and moved to Dublin. She studied literature, moved to London, worked for an advertising agency, taught English as a second language to college students and worked as a food journalist. In 1990, she and her family moved back to the U.S. Linda Sue continued teaching English to foreign students. In 1997, she started writing her first book, ''Seesaw Girl''. It was accepted that same year and published in 1999. Since then, Linda Sue has published many other books for young people, including ''A Single Shard'', which was awarded the 2002 Newbery Medal. Along with her own published books, Park has also been a contributing author to the multi-authored books . Park currently resides in western New York.


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Awards

-- '''Body of Work''' *Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award *The Empire State Author Award *The Knickerbocker Award, NY Library Association *Literary Artist of the Year, Rochester (NY) Arts Council, 2002 *Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize - Honors an author whose work is aimed at a teen audience, addresses themes especially relevant to adolescents, inspires young readers, and champions literacy. '''''A Single Shard''''' *2002 Newbery Medal Book *2002 ALA Best Book for Young Adults *2002 ALA Notable Book for Children *2001 Booklist Editor's Choice *2001 Capitol Choices Selection *2001 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year *2001 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2004 Sequoyah Book Award (OK) *2006 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL) '''''When My Name Was Keoko''''' *2002 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year *2002 School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year *2002 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2003 ALA Notable Book for Children *2003 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies *2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults *2003 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2003 NYPL Books for the Teen Age List *2003 CCBC Choices *2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Master List (IL) *2004 Skipping Stones Honor Award *2004 Maine Student Book Award Master List *2003 Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book *2005 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO) *2006 Sunshine State Young Readers’ Master List (FL) '''''Project Mulberry''''' *2006 CCBC Choices *2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2005 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Fiction Prize *2005 Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books *2005 Notable Books for a Global Society *2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation *2006 Texas Bluebonnet Master List *2006 Keystone to Reading Master List (PA) *2008 Mark Twain Award Master List (MO) *2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee (IL) '''''The Kite Fighters''''' *2002 California Young Readers Medal finalist *2001 Notable Books for a Global Society *2000 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2004 Texas Bluebonnet Master List *2005 Arizona Young Readers’ Master List '''''Seesaw Girl''''' *1999 Riverbank Review Book of Distinction *1999 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2000 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year '''''Tap Dancing on the Roof''''' *2008 The Lion and the Unicorn Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry *2008 ALA Notable Book for Children *2007 Book Sense Award Finalist *2007 Horn Book Fanfare Selection *2007 ABC Children's Booksellers Choice Award '''''The Firekeeper's Son''''' *2004 Parents' Choice Recommended Winner *2004 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2005 CCBC Choices *2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation *2005 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2004 Bank Street College of Education Irma S. and James H. Black Finalist *2007 Volunteer State (TN) Book Award Master Reading List '''''What Does Bunny See?''''' *2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation '''''Bee-bim Bop!''''' *2005 New York Public Library, 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing *2006 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year *2006 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation '''''Keeping Score''''' *2010 Oregon Battle of the Books '''''A Long Walk to Water''''' *2011 Jane Addams Children's Book Award (NY) *2012 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (ND) '''''The Third Gift''''' *2012 ALA Notable Book for Children *2012 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year '''''Tap Dancing on the Roof